Tuesday, July 16, 2013

yellow katydid

I have never seen one of these before. At least not a yellow one. The only katydids I had ever seen in person before were green. It is pretty with it's green eyes.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Air plant hangers

I love air plants and I saw a wine cork hanging basket tutorial for them on Pinterest and made myself a couple of them.

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Here is the tutorial I got the idea from. http://pinterest.com/pin/278730664410514776  I will tell what I did differently below.

I used 50lb test fishing line to weave the mesh bottom instead of waxed linen. I tied florists paddle wire around the entire circumference several times and also used it to make the hanger. I did this because of the mention in the tutorial about the basket coming apart if it gets wet. Around the florist wire I wrapped raffia.
Originally I did push Spanish moss up through the bottom like the original tutorial but did not want that look so I removed it and put a little of the Spanish moss in the basket underneath the air plants.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raised bed day 1

I built a cinder block raised bed with a temporary chicken wire top to keep my cats out of it until the seeds come up. I planted it today. A mixture of plants and seeds. Vegetables, herbs and beneficial flowers. It is 5 1/2 feet by 6 3/4 feet.

raised bed

Friday, April 26, 2013

New plants plus an update on the Strawberry Ball

I love geraniums and last weekend my husband got me this new one. It is called Fantasy Candy Kiss. It is so beautiful! The petals look as if they were painted with watercolors.

Fantasy Candy Kiss Geranium

We also picked up some peppermint. He wanted to plant it with our spearmint but I would not let him. It will go in my kitchen herb garden.


The strawberry ball I made has been doing wonderfully. It keeps making new blooms, the plants are growing and there are strawberries forming!

Strawberry Bloom

Strawberries beginning

Monday, April 15, 2013

Strawberry Ball

I repinned a project to make a succulent ball to the Contain Gardens board on my pinterest last year and really wanted to make one. However, after looking everywhere and not finding any succulents I decided to wait and order some online. This year I decided to take the same technique but use strawberry plants. The reasons I wanted to put the strawberries into a ball, less watering, no weeds.

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Hopefully as the plants grow they will cover the ball. To do this just fill 2 coconunt coir lined hanging baskets with soil. Put them together and attach with zip ties. I took a utility razor knife and cut a slit for each plant. Be careful not to cut yourself. Then you gently remove some of the soil from the seedlings roots so it will fit into the hole. Gently put the plant's roots into the hole. Then I put a little more soil in and pulled the coir close to the plant. We will look at this again in a few weeks to see how they do.
That is it. Hope you try your own.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Celery Experiment Update

I think danger of frost has finally past here in my corner of Tennessee. Finally get to plant my celery experiment outside and get it out of the window. Look how much it has grown!
This is today...

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This was February 15...

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It did wonderfully! I always make compost but love the idea of getting a jump start on garden plants from kitchen scraps.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


I had read both good and bad about the manual CO2 dispenser that comes with the Fluval Flora tanks. I am very happy with mine and glad I decided to get one for my Ebi tank. I am now considering getting one for my basic 10 gallon tank.

pearling 4
pearling 1
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pearling 3

Friday, February 15, 2013

Gardening from kitchen scraps

I had seen a few posts on the internet about gardening from scraps so I decided to try an experiment to see what would happen. About 2 weeks ago I cut the bottom off of celery and placed it in a shallow bowl. Every day I put a little bit of water in it. The bowl is sitting in my kitchen window which faces West. Here is what it looks like now.

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It works! For now it will have to stay in the window but after danger of frost for my area has passed I will plant it outside in the garden. Next I want to try with Romaine lettuce and see if it will work too.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

First Blooms of 2013

The first bloom of the year in my yard opened today. It is a dark, windy and rainy day here but I tried to get a photo.

first bloom of 2013

These little weeds began blooming too. I love their delicate tiny purple flowers. When I was little I used to gather many different tiny blooming weeds for fairy bouquets. I was very fortunate in that my grandmother encouraged my imagination and gave me tiny glass bottles to put them in.

pretty weeds

Saturday, January 5, 2013

8 gallon day 52

ebi day 52

The plants could use another trimming. Still no fauna other than a few pond snails. No more algae problems since I started using excell and upped the amount of CO2 I use. The new filter made a huge difference too. After I am well I intend on doing some research to see if I can add cut off valves to the Finnex to make maintenance easier. I also plan to move the CO2 dispenser to the back of the tank where it will be hidden by plants.
I am so very happy with how well the Fissidens fontanus is doing in this tank. It is thriving in it where I could not keep the expensive moss alive at all in my other 2 tanks.

Fissidens fontanus